The National Association of Letter Carriers 24th Annual Food Drive on May 14, 2016 was a huge success for our local food shelves. A phenomenal 19,518 pounds of food were donated by people in our five counties, which were then distributed to 24 different food shelves. This is approximately 600 pounds more food than was donated last year. The receiving food shelves are St. Monica’s Catholic Church and the Hedding Methodist Church in Barre, Montpelier Food Pantry at Trinity Church and Christ Church Food Pantry in Montpelier, CERV in Northfield, Marshfield Food Shelf, Middlesex Food Shelf, Twin Valley Senior Center in East Montpelier, Randolph Area Food Shelf, Duxbury Elf Shelf, Waterbury Food Shelf, Williamstown Food Shelf, Worcester Food Shelf, Hardwick Food Pantry, Kingdom Community Services in St. Johnsbury, Lyndon Area Food Shelf, NEKCA in the Northeast Kingdom, Orleans Food Shelf, United Church of Newport, and the Jay Food Shelf.
This NALC drive is the largest one-day event for the benefit of food shelves across our nation bringing in over 71 million pounds of food for the hungry. The need is critical. According to Steve Doherty of the U. S. Postal Service, “One in six Americans is unsure where their next meal is coming from. Nearly 16 million children feel the impact of hunger on their overall health and ability to perform in school, and 5 million seniors over age 60 have to decide between daily meals or paying for rent or needed medications.”
Thank you to all who supported this very important food drive and helped to Stamp Out Hunger. Green Mountain United Way is happy to assist the postal workers in coordinating the food drive each year, especially when we see how generous our neighbors are. Stay tuned for information on next year’s drive scheduled for May 13, 2017.